My 5 P.M. appointment was an Exotic Septuagenarian, and did she ever take me for a ride!!!

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana
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My 5  P.M.  appointment was an Exotic Septuagenarian, and did she ever take me for a ride.  

 

 

My recent 5 PM appointment was a brief break from real estate as the Collings Foundation stopped off at the Purdue University Airport in West Lafayette, Indiana to give the community a chance to view and even ride some living history from World War II:  three bombers and perhaps the most beautiful fighter plane ever built.

 

My 5 pm appointment was a ride in the B-25 Mitchell medium bomber best known for its desperate and one way mission in April 1942 in the famous Doolittle Raid over Tokyo.

The raid did little damage but it was a huge moral builder during a desperate time when Japan was unstoppable in its Pacific conquests.

 

 

 

The B-25 bombers and their crews accomplished more than they would ever know as it forced the Imperial Japanese Navy to strike Midway Island six weeks later leading to their disastrous defeat at The Battle of Midway which was the turning point in the Pacific War in June 1942.

 

 

 

As a real estate broker in West Lafayette, Indiana it was amazing to view the different subdivisions from the air from my 5 pm appointment to fly in the B-25 Mitchell bomber.

 

 

 

University Farm Subdivision (left)  in West Lafayette home to about 600 households and the Arbor Chase Subdivision (right) and its 2 acre pond lined by executive homes to the west and patio homes to the east.

 

We flew at a couple of thousand feet at 160 knots north to White County and observed the endless farm crops in Tippecanoe and White County:  corn, beans, and wind!!!!

 

 

 

We can not even begin to thank and respect enough these brave men who flew in such confined quarters for missions that lasted for countless hours over heavily defended airspace in North Africa, Europe, and Asia.

 

Why even some lithe high school kids had to "suck it in" to get through this very tight passage through the bomb bay rack in the B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber.

 

For those of you wondering YES, I did make it through!    ^_~

 

 

 

The famous Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was a main attraction and a very popular plane for visitors to ride in!  Those engines purred like a kitten!

 

The B-17 was incredibly sturdy and known to survive incredible punishment from flak and enemy fighters.    

 

 

The heavily armed B-17 bomber could pack 13 fifty caliber machine guns and yet it was still no match for the Luftwaffe fighters.

Before the long range fighter escorts later in the air war over Germany the odds were against a bomber crew reaching 25 missions.

 

 

 

 

The Consolidated B-24 Liberator was actually the unsung hero of the US heavy bomber fleet during WW II as it had a greater range and bomb payload than the more famous B-17.

 

 

 

 

The famous P-51 D Mustang helped win the air war over Germany with its incredible long range, maneuverability, and speed!

 

If the Collings Foundation comes to your community with its historic World War II airplanes you just might have the opportunity to FLY the most beautiful fighter ever built, and you don't even have to have a pilot's license!

Cost?  It is $3,200 for an hour and 80% of the cost is tax deductible.

 

 

 

 

Oh by the way, for those of you of a certain age do you recognize the likeness of the movie star pictured here?

You can also fly this beauty without a pilot's license for an hour.  The question is did I or didn't I . . . .  or was I just a passenger?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Missing your posts, Bruce!

I hope you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving and here's to a fabulous weekend to come as well!

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Hi Bruce! Just stopping by to wish you a Happy New Year...and see if you've written something new here! 

I hope 2018 is good to you and yours!

Happy New Year 2018 from Charlotte NC

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Debe, oops sorry about not seeing you well wish for a Happy Thanksgiving.  It was wonderful!

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Debe, thank you so much!  May you have a New Year filled with good health and prosperity!

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I know this is an older post Bruce Walter, but I really enjoyed seeing the photos and reading about your experience with Tondelayo!

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Sybil Campbell it is not only an older post but my most recent post !     ^_~

Thanks for your comment and visit and I hope you do get to feeling better!!!

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I think you took the skies by storm as a pilot.  This is a great post and I love all the wonderful photos.

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Anna, I ended up being a passenger in the B-25 but next time it comes to the Purdue Airport I will likely fly it or the P-51 Mustang fighter!  Thank you so much for visiting and commenting, Anna!

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Wow it's been a long time since you posted my friend and I hope all is well ;o)

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Yes Vegas Bob, we are ready for some serious spring weather as it is supposed to hit 70 degrees on Wednesday.  We had snow this morning!  Typical Indiana!

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Wow, that is incredible. Bruce, thank you, thank you for great pictures and amazing post! 

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Thank you for your visit and kind comment, Valeria!

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Bruce, love this post and all the great photos! Now, did you fly the plane or where you a passenger?????

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Rebecca, I ended up being a passenger on the B-25 Mitchell Bomber, but they will be back at the Purdue University Airport next August and I may give it a try then!!!

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Hi Bruce! You know I had to stop by and wish you and yours the merriest of Christmases!

Merry Christmas!

Dec 25, 2018 04:08 PM #181
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Thank you very much, Debe!!!!

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Bruce, we miss these posts. Please do your groove thing for all us fans!

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Thank you Gwen Banta !    Hmmmmm. . . . . . .   and speaking of exotic septuagenarians . . . . . . . . . ,  but alas you are only 39!!!

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Bruce Walter - If you find the time, I would absolutely love reading a post about what the Fourth of July means. Your wisdom is to be shared to make better readers and learners of US History. 

Thanks, Bruce.

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Bruce Walter - I wanted to be sure to stop by to wish you a Happy Father's Day. 

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